When I talked to William Newsome, MD, PhD, director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, about its annual symposium last week, he told me one of the pleasures of directing the institute is getting to pick speakers whose science he really likes.
We captured tweets, images and videos from those speakers on our Storify page, and they make it clear that Newsome has very diverse tastes. Topics ranged from aging and mental health policy to virtual reality for mice.
From Stanford, geneticist Anne Brunet, PhD, discussed her work on aging, particularly how stem cells in the brain change with age. Engineer Krishna Shenoy, PhD, described how his lab was reading signals from the brains of paralyzed people and using those to drive computer cursors or prosthetic limbs. Others discussed machine learning, new technologies for imaging the brain, the genetics of mental health disorders, and insights into how smells illicit behaviors in flies.
It's worth a look at the Storify page to get a sense of the breadth of work encompassed under the banner of neuroscience.
Previously: “Are we there yet?” Exploring the promise, and the hype, of longevity research, My funny Valentine – or, how a tiny fish will change the world of aging research and Stanford researchers provide insights into how human neurons control muscle movement
Photo of Krishna Shenoy by Matt Beardsley